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>>abirached: this week on world business... >>toyota lost its worldwide reputation for reliability after this year's humiliating recalls. so canthe company recover and if so how? >>sales are down, the brand perception is down . . . they are already worried about how their image will be impacted in china. >>a new take on teaching - the education entrepreneurs shaking up the school system in the us >>things that the old system perhaps took for granted and didn't challenge the new entrepreneurs arestarting to challenge. >>and how one man and his dog changed the fortunes of a tiny cheese factory in northern england >>grommit, that's it, cheese. >>abirached: hello and welcome. i'm raya abirached and this is world business, your weekly insight into the global business trends shaping our lives. so far 2010 has been a disastrous year for toyota,with mechanical and electronic faults plaguing its vehicles, including steering problems, sticky gas pedals, suspect brakes and runaway electronic throttles. so what went wrong with this flagship japanese company and can toyota recover? >>reporter:
>> shepard: brand new trouble for toyota. now word of an email before the vehicle recall and it is revealing. plus, new developments in the race to save the miners. i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. >> coal mine something a way of life for our families around here. >> shepard: when disaster strikes, folks here pull together. >> these are very, very strong people. >> shepard: crews have drilled. >> they cut through 1,093 feet. >> they have signaled. >> we banged on the pipe for 15 minutes or so. >> shepard: and all the while families have waited for news. >> it's just a sad situation. >> shepard: tonight, the latest development in the disaster at the mine. plus, leader vs. leader. tonight, reports of a simmering feud between president obama and the afghan president harmid karzai. all of this while tens of thousands of american troops are over there fighting a war first from fox this wednesday night, coal mining, it's connected to each and every one of us across this great nation. according to government accounts, half of the electricity we use in this country comes f
-filled saga. the misery grows for people living in airports. >>> record fine. the government charges toyota with the largest penalty ever for failing to come clean. >>> and rescuing city's landmarks before they're gone for good. >>> good morning, thanks for being with us on this monday morning. on this fifth day of the crippling aviation shutdown, signs that things could be slowly returning to normal. >> yeah, several countries have already reopened airspace this morning. half the scheduled flights will be able to take off. this after the airlines ran test flights into the ash reporting no problems. but still spewing 750,000 tons a second. >> showing the haze covering most of the continent. let's begin this morning's coverage right in the thick of it. sonia gallego has the latest developments from london. good morning, sonia. >> good morning, vinita, officials here attempt to flesh out a solution for the air travel chaos. >> reporter: it's the largest air traffic shut down in britain since world war ii. >> no planes or nothing. >> reporter: the committee known as cobra convened to discuss a
. >>> more trouble for toyota. the automaker stops selling one of its luxury brands over safety concerns. >>> and against all odds. a florida girl, missing for four days, is found in an alligator-infested swamp. >> i burst, i ran in and told my alligator-infested swamp. >> i burst, i ran in and told my wife, and gosh. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, thanks for joining us, i'm michelle gielan. a series of strong and deadly earthquakes struck western china this morning. at least 300 people are dead, thousands of others are injured and unaccounted for. they're buried under collapsed buildings. peter sharpe of britain's sky news reports from beijing. >> reporter: this was a particularly strong earthquake. it measured 6.9 on the richter scale, and it struck at one of the most remote, inhospitable and rugged parts of china in the west of the country. it was followed, the first earthquake, was followed by 18 aftershocks. and the local residents were reduced to scrambling through the rubble using their hands and shovels in the first hours after the quake, trying to reach hundreds, tho
by toyota. an important message for toyota owners there has been a lot of people wondering about toyota recalls, get the facts and information at toyota.com. >>> all right. let's go out to the ronster. right now. >> reporter: good morning, don and marty. what a beautiful morning in baltimore. that is for sure. we are in front of one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the fell's point recreation pier, it's almost 100 years old. of course changes are coming. interesting changes. a $45 million project that will bring a hotel here to one of baltimore's most popular neighborhoods. >> the fell's point recreation pier is one of baltimore's signature buildings. built in 1914, it once served as a community center. there were dances and basketball games. it's just been sold for $2 million. to local developer j joseph clark and h and s properties which built harbor east. a 132 room hotel is on the way. >> there will be a new hotel here on two levels inside, and the interior will be open to the sky. >> reporter: tourists stop here every day. the building doubled as a police station for th
to the fine that nhtsa is seeking against toyota -- $16.40 million? >> if the evidence points to the fact that toyota was withholding information from regulators and the public it is appropriate. that fine level is relatively new. it is a new authority from the tread act that was passed in response to the ford at firestone issue -- the ford firestone issue. before that, the fine was down in the hundreds of thousands. we were the first ones to cross that million dollar barrel. ford was slow to report a windshield wiper defect that was a safety threat. going to $16 million, to the full extent of the law, sends a message to the industry that they are serious. >> i read one critics saying that "toyota embarrassed the agency and that is where this is coming from." what do you think? >> the agency's mission oriented. it does not have all of the tools it might need. it is usually outgunned by the global industry. this was critic for a national industry. we transitioned to a global industry. it is trying to maintain the rules. what you do is you find people who have gone over the rules and you ho
a decade since they evaluated any vehicle this poorly. yet another black eye for toyota. >> that's right. >> it, of course, is the parent company. >> this is a rare and very direct warning for buyers and owners of the lexus gx 460. about 5,000 cars have been sold. consumer reports says do not buy this car. they found significant and severe rollover risk during turns. they do all of these controlled testings, four different drivers found the same problem. they got another vehicle, found the same problem on this one. they say it is not isolated. it is a problem with the electronic stability control system. it manages the brakes and the steering together. so if you're going up an off ramp and there is some sort of an obstacle, you turn quickly, there could be a real rollover risk for people with this car. if you have this car, they say be very careful on any on ramps or off ramps because they're very concerned about the stability of the vehicle in those circumstances. take it to your toyota dealer and demand a fix. if you don't own this car and thinking about it, consumer reports in a very
airline traffic back on track. >>> toyota's troubles. decision day on a hefty fine imposed by the u.s. government. >>> and lady's night. carrie underwood makes history at the country music awards. ♪ >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, april 19th, >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, april 19th, 2010. remains unpredictable. millions of passengers have been >>> good morning. this morning airline travel in and to much of europe remains up in the air. some officials believe that ash from that volcanic cloud in iceland is subsiding, but meteorologists warn the cloud remains unpredictable. millions of passengers have been stranded and pressure is growing to reopen european air space. tara mergener is in washington with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, both air travelers and airlines are very anxious for things to start moving again, but uk officials just announced that british air space will remain closed until at least tomorrow morning. most of european air space will be closed for business for at least one day. >> we really have an unprec
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>> couric: tonight, oh, what a feeling. toyota and the u.s. auto industry are back in the fast lane, and the advertising and broadcasting industries are hitchin' a ride. i'm katie couric. also tonight, a shiny new apple. we'll show you what the ipad can do. will it be the next must-have electronic ganlet? and a new kind of negative campaigning. candidates not only tar but avatar their opponents. >> i say, california, let me take you for a ride. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it's been a long, windy, and bumpy road for the u.s. auto industry, but the ride is suddenly getting much smoother. carmakers rolled out their latest sales numbers today, and most are showing a big improvement. ford's sales were up 43% last month. toyota, despite the recall crisis, up 35%. and g.m. sales jumped 21%. but chrysler is still struggli struggling. sales there fell 8%. to win back customers, the carmakers spent more than $2700 per vehicle on incentives like low-interest financ
. >> reporter: i would agree, yeah. >>> this does not look good here. a toyota executive sent an e-mail saying "we need to come clean" and it came just a few days before their big recall. jennifer, shed some light it appears on what the automaker may have known about the problem of runaway cars and when they knew it. >> also they knew this was a big deal that needed to be handled and that maybe the culture from headquarters from tokyo, well, not tokyo but from japan wasn't necessarily handling it the way it needed to be handled in the country. in new company documents uncovered an american toyota executive was writing basically to his colleagues saying "we need to come clean about the safety problems, the time to hide on this one is over." now it was sent just five days before the massive recall of millions of toyotas. the memo was obtained by the associated press. toyota has no comment on this e-mail and with all of these court cases coming up they'll probably have a lot of no comments. they're repeating, "we are already acknowledging we know we did a poor job of communicating" and they've sa
. she might have pretty good insight on how to prevent it. >>> and toyota warned to stop sweeping its pedal problems under the floor mat. warned by one of its own executives before the massive recall. >>> we begin with the landmark with nuclear weapons. the deal limits both country's nuclear arsenals, but doesn't block the u.s. from building a missile shield in europe. president obama hailed the strong relationship that he's built with his counterpart and also said that they're working possible sanctions against iran. live from prague. >>> after days of waiting in west virginia, full rescue mode. looking for four miners. will it be rescue or recovery. today could be the day we get an answer. families prepare for the worst. we're going to have cnn's john roberts from naoma, west virginia in just a minute. >>> and kyrgyzstan, with possible problems for the u.s. and afghanistan. you see, the u.s. has a major air base there used for transit, for troops and equipment. the president has fled that started over rising fuel rates. we'll get more on what's happening in afghanistan coming up in
. the white house reports for now that meeting is still on the president's schedule. toyota now and what a day. the troubled company will soon pay the largest fine that the united states government has ever issued to any automaker anywhere that is if the government gets its wish. the transportation department pushed toyota to pay $16 million as a civil fine for failing to notify regulators promptly about its pedal problem. that is the maximum penalty allowed. the company now has two weeks to either accept the fine or decide to fight it toyota's recalled more than million vehicles worldwide because of those sticking gas pedals, which we're told could leave drivers behind the wheel of a run away car. peter barnes from the fox business network is live in washington tonight. give us the details behind this final. you know judge napolitano was on with us in "studio b" today when this story broke and he said that doesn't sound like much to me but i guess the max is the max. >> that's right, shep. toyota failed to notify the national traffic safety administration of the sticking problem for at least
gx 460 suv. toyota suspended sales of the lexus suv last night after consumer reports announced its tests indicated the vehicles are a rollover risk and advised people flat out not to buy them. nbc's jeff rossen joins us from chicago. so, jeff, what's the latest on the federal safety officials getting involved and what is toyota saying now? >> reporter: right. toyota is now saying they're just trying to identify and analyze the problem. toyota was shell shocked i think as consumers were, we all were by this. "consumer reports" incredibly rare that they would come out with a do not buy warning for consumers. often they say this car is better than that car but to flat out say don't buy this car because it's dangerous is something in a new league. the last time they did it was 2001. toyota of course, tamron, under incredible pressure with the gas pedal controversy and critics who say they didn't respond fast enough to that. within hours of "consumer reports" coming out with this warning to consumers, they, themselves, put a stop sales order to their dealerships nationwide. you can't go
flying, toyotas. >> the big icelandic volcano. it is called eyjafjallajokull. it blew up in iceland. the cloud is drifting to new york. they say the air quality of the city is improving. iceland has shut down air travel all across europe. apparent pli, they dumped too much baking soda and vinegar into the thing and it just won't stop erupting. 63,000 flights have been canceled. an estimated 40,000 americans are stuck in europe right now because of the ash cloud. president obama had to cancel his trip to poland. this morning, he said he hopes the volcano will stop smoking soon and the volcano said the same thing about him. >>> rob marciano, not a lot of people laughing that we are hoping to get to weddings, honeymoons, funerals, you name it. >> not to mention the economic impact of all this. >> farmers are suffering because they can't get their stuff in and out. >> you know what makes it so complicated and so unpredict ability, when you go to the surface to 30,000, 35,000 feet, the winds change direction and speed at every level of that atmosphere. so you just don't know where the as
roll over. guess what? another toyota recall. i'm brian wilson, headquarter headquarte headquarter, live from the nation -- america's news headquarters, live from the nation's capital right now. across europe and around the world, air travel is grinding to a halt because of the icelandic volcano that continues to build smoke and ash thousands of feet in the air. the situation is even threatening to scuddle the president's plans to attend the funeral of polish president lech kaczynski. only 5,000 flights in the air over europe today. on a normal day, there would be almost five times that number. our own greg palkot is one of the thousands of stranded travelers. greg is stuck in dubai because his flight to europe was canceled like most of the other flights bound there. greg, what is the latest with travelers and flight schedules where with you are? >> hey, brian. we're stranded like tens of thousands of others around the world, thanks to the volcanic ash cloud across europe. we were traveling back from an assignment in yemen and hoping to transit today to london through this major ai
is over. we need to come clean. that's what herb miller, toyota's then group vice president told his colleagues in an e-mail referring to the safety problems just five days before toyota announced the recall. phil lebeau joins us now. what's toyota's response? >> they are not specifically commenting about the e-mail, but they say they understand they've done a poor job of communicating. this is a copy of it. one of 70,000 document that is the federal government has been going over in looking at how toyota handled the recall for sticky gas pedals. it's clear that some toyota executives realized they had to come out and say something. although it was sent five days before the recall. one of the quotes in this -- then saying they need to work out a resolution with the national highway safety administration. as interesting as the wording is here, lawyers who have sued the company and are planning on taking the company to court, almost all say the same thing. which is great for the public fodder. not sure how much this is going to help their cases in course aside from the fact it's one mo
in from the associatedded press and news core, our wire service. toyota is about to get slapped with a big fine. toyota motors is accused by the transportation secretary ray lahood of knowingly hiding a dangerous defect for months, not taking action to protect the public and the united states government is seeking a fine against toyota for 16 -- let's see, $16.4 million. the accusation is that toyota hid this sticking pedal defect. they knew about it and hid it for months and as a result they should pay a fine. this is from the transportation secretary ray lahood. we've spoke spoken to our and drew napolitano and he says this is a small fine considering the damage caused. 2.3 million vehicles recalled and accusation people decide as a result but nothing has been found yet. the judge says they should pay it right away because it's a small fine and if they don't, the united states government will sue them to demand they pay $16.4 million, toyota motor company to the united states government as fine for not telling folks about the sticky pedals. >> the butler bulldogs in indiana tips off agai
. chris? >> chris: shannon, thank you. more bad news for toyota. and the economic news of the day is mixed. details in three minutes. why do women like you love activia light? sometimes i have no choice but to eat on the run... and to eat whatever happens to be around. heavy greasy food that's hard on my diet... and my digestive system. so i eat activia light every day. activia light, with bifidus regularis is clinically proven to help regulate your digestive system. mmmm. the new taste is better than ever. and with only 70 calories activia light helps make it easier to watch my weight. it helps me feel good and look good too! ♪ activia! you've got to try it, >> chris: on the road to recovery, first time jobless claims are up. but so are retail sales? fox business correspondent jerry willis looks at the numbers. >> consumers are opening their wallet. the evidence showing today the economic numbers, sales at chain stores across the nation jumped 9% in march with some of the retail showing double digit gains, gains so big that it got wall street off-guard. it didn't hurt the spring weather
: shannon, thank you. more bad news for toyota. and the economic news of the day is mixed. details in three minutes. jobless numbers jumped to five-week high. >> it's all about labor. at the end of the day, if a consumer feels the job is secure and incomes are going up, they will continue to spend. >> that is not the only head wind consumers are facing. interest rate and gasoline prices are on the rise. the retail sales for march were abliss, as they say, only time will tell. in new york, gerri willis, fox news. >> chris: stocks were up today. the dow gained 29.5. the s&p 500 picked up four. nasdaq finished ahead 5 2/3. ♪ >> chris: in this era of burgeoning budget deficit, people in many states are bracing for tax increases on everything from soda to hairstyling. correspondent anita vogel is tracking your taxes from los angeles. >> reporter: cities and states across the nation are deep in the red and desperate to raise some cash. that means raising taxes. everything from candy and soda to blueberries is being targeted. in washington state, they really want to soak joe six pack for posing
, everyone. >>> today, toyota is agreeing to pay a record fine stemming from its gas pedal problems. tom costello is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: today is the deadline for toyota to accept or fight a $16.4 million fine. the company is expected to pay up, the largest fine ever assessed by the government against a car maker. the government alleges toyota knew about sticking gas pedals last september, but hid the effects and issued a recall. toyota is facing mounting civil lawsuits as well as criminal investigations. a $16 million fine for toyota is really not significant, but it is yet another strike against the company's reputation. toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in january for the sticking accelerator. the company has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide because of acceleration problems and braking problems. a government official tells nbc news by paying the full civil penalty, toyota is accepting responsibility for hiding this safety defect from nhtsa, the national highway safety administration, in violation of the law. it now has 30 days to write
to get to some business news this morning, some new troubles for toyota, it looks like, state farm is asking the auto maketory repay them for claims it paid for the crashes related to the acceleration problems. you can imagine if other insurance companies follow suit, it could end up costing toyota a bundle. let's get to jenna lee, she's got more. >> reporter: this is happening more frequently than we thought. i got off the phone with state farm insurance, they cleared up this report in usa today which basically says there have been accidents involving the toyota with a state farm customer, and what happens is now that state farm already paid to cover that accident they're going back to toyota and saying this isn't the fault of the driver, you guys owe us money because it wasn't the driver's fault, it was a problem with your car and this massive recall that's going on, so state farm insurance says yeah, that's true, we're looking into toyota but that's happened with multiple insurance companies, with multiple different auto companies as well. there's constantly the back and forth b
to fly over the volcano to get a better look at what's going on. >>> we have another toyota recall to tell you about. the car maker says it is recalling about 600,000 sienna minivans. cables could snap while driving. the spare could fall into the road and become a hazard for other drivers. but only affects siennas in cold-weather states. >>> haiti's top prosecutor denies the country dropped charges against american missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 children after january's earthquake. yesterday, a spokesman told cnn the kidnapping charges against nine missionaries were dropped. but haiti's attorney general said that is incorrect. adding that a judge will decide whether a case goes to trial or not. a senior state department official also told cnn the charges were dropped. the missionary group's leader is still behind bars. >>> convicted sex offender john gardner pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old. in june, he is expected to get two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. his plea spares him from a possible death sentence. the families
their sales. and in spite of recent bad publicity, toyota is on that list. chris bury has e >> reporter: for all its recent troubles, the massive recalls, the public relations fiascos, the embarrassment of having executives hauled before congress, toyota enjoyed sizzling sales last month. up 41% over last year. the big reason, generous incentives that lured back customers. >> it's clear that there are a lot of loyal toyota customers out there that were ready and willing to take advantage of these incentives once toyota put them in place. >> reporter: toyota fought its image battles with an aggressive advertising campaign. >> we want to believe that we can always be better. >> reporter: the biggest incentives in toyota history -- nearly $2,300 per vehicle -- helped turn around two straight months of declining sales. and american carmakers were on a hot streak too. >> the rebates are great, the finance rates are wonderful, and people are realizing that ford has got the car. >> reporter: at ford, sales were up nearly 40%. gm up 22%. chrysler, still struggling, posted an 8% decline. america
, hundreds of crashes, and, a massive fine for safety violations, for toyota, it seems like there is more bad news every day. so why are sales booming? for the automaker? and, many of you watched the story unfold live, here on "happening now" a texas man, crashes his light plane, into an irs building in austin texas. now the 911 calls from that terrifying day, are out. we'll play some of them, in just three minutes. >> witnessed a plane crashing on 183 southbound... we think it hit a building, the echelon building. >> a plane... >> yes. a private plane. [ female announcer ] grass stains, believe it or not, i have missed you. pollen in the air kept hunter cooped up itching his eyes and sneezing. but now i found zyrtec®. it's #1 allergist recommended. with children's zyrc® he can get 24-hour allergy relief indoors and outdoors. ♪ now he can run wild... with the rest of the pack. with children's zyrtec®, he can love the air®. and now try children's zyrtec® perfect measure®. a premeasured spoon. just twist squeeze and go™. it says that when you buy whoa grand caravan,? a premeasured spo
very much. >>> and hits keep coming for toyota. a voluntary recall of minivans. the company says a spare tire may come loose and fall on to the road creating a dangerous situation for other drivers. this recall applies to all minivans bought between 1998 and 2010. if you own one of those vehicles bring it to a dealer for inspection. in the past few months, toyota has recalled over 8 million vehicles worldwide. >> the crew of the space shuttle had s heading home to earth closing it's hatches and undocking from the international space station. during the mission astronauts did three spacewalks including one to install a new ammonia tank. they are set to return to earth monday morning, depending on the weather. >> gregg: former new york congressman eric massa saying someone forged a $40,000 check to his chief of staff. federal campaign records now show that the check was written to joe lacalto before massa resigned suddenly last month. massa is saying that it was based on misrepresentations to campaign officials. he is among several staffers accusing the former congressman of sexual
46 while the nasdaq added 27. >>> the government has slapped toyota with a $16.4 million fine, the maximum allowed for covering up its issues with sticky gas pedals. the transportation department says the automaker knew it had a problem in september, but didn't tell regulators until january. toyota has two weeks to accept or contest the penalty. they're expected to appeal. >>> well, general motors has announced it will install a new brake safety measure to prevent sudden acceleration in its own vehicles. the new brake override reduces power to the engine if the driver steps on the gas pedal and brake at the same time. gm says this will be in all-new vehicles by 2012. >>> there's a new government program to help prevent foreclosures. the obama administration will give $3,000 for moving expenses to homeowners who complete a short sale or agree to turn over the deed of the property to the lender. it's for homeowners who are in financial trouble but don't qualify for the modification program. >>> and it's a good spring for strawberry lovers. the cold winter delayed florida's crop
are betting most companies will post gains. we've already heard from toyota at new york's auto show on wednesday, a top toyota executive said incentives pushed sales 40% higher in march. >>> amazon is bracing for the ipad. the online retailer has struck new e-book pricing deals with two major publishers just days before apple's launch of the new tablet computer. that's expected to take business away from amazon's kindle. the agreements will allow both publishers to set their own prices. apple has already made similar deals. >>> the home buyer tax credit which expires at the end of april sparked a huge rush in mortgage applications last week and industry reports says home loan applications rose nearly 7%. that's the largest number of applications since october 2009. >>> and this is census day. the government hopes you'll return the forms sent out over the past month or so, but be sure to be careful, there are scam artists sending out phony forms to try to steal your personal information. the official paperwork will never ask for your social security number, bank account information,
as toyota agrees to hand over $16.5 million for being slow about its recall effort, the company is keeping more vehicles from moving off dealership lots because of safety issues. toyota is wowing to fix the problem. >>> slowly, slowly air traffic is getting back in the skies over europe. a number of flights took off today but in britain many planes remain grounded because of the giant cloud of ash. some brits stranded in spain are hitching rides home aboard royal navy ships. others are hoping to grab a spot on a cruise liner sent to rescue them. >>> president obama calls the late dorothy height the godmother of the civil rights movement. she died at howard university hospital this morning. joe johns looks at the legacy she leaves behind. >> dr. tore think l. height. >> at the funeral of coretta scott king in 2006, presidents stood to honor dorothy height. at the age of 93, as she celebrated the life of mrs. king, she might have been talking about her own. >> there are some people who live their lives not just for themselves alone, but for others. >> reporter: and she had a message for t
he could hide evidence at the scene. >>> toyota could get potentially hit with a huge penalty from the transportation department. the agency says it plans to seek the maximum penalty, more than $16 million against toyota. transportation officials say toyota knew about defective gas pedals in some of its vehicles in late september. but didn't issue a recall until january. the fine would be the largest single penalty ever issued to an automaker by the governor. toyota has two weeks to accept or contest the penalty. >>> breast-feeding not only saves babies, it saves billions of dollars. that's according to a new study. tonight in healthwatch, jessica kartalija reports, the benefits continue to add up. >> yeah he's perfect. yep. he's a perfect angel. >> reporter: at st. joseph's medical center, erin tallheim spends the day with her new son, zachary. today, they're learning how to brefort feed. >> this -- breast-feed. >> this is my first time doing it. so it has been a challenge. but we're work together as a team. so he's doing a good job. >> reporter: a new study of the journal of pedi
its four core brands, buick, gmc, chevrolet, and cadillac, were up 43%. even recall-plagued toyota saw a strong rebound in sales after it offered 0% financing. >> i need to get the customers back into the showrooms to kick the tires again, and nothing like putting some cash out to do that. >> reporter: detroit is coming off its worst year in a quarter century. fiewrg than 10.5 million vehicles were sold in this country last year, but analysts are now forecasting sales cowed bounce back to more than 12 million this year, if the promising trends continue. that would be a healthy number for the industry, but well below the 16 million sold in 2007. but analysts see a key economic indicator here, in the junk yard. for the first time on record, the number of vehicles americans are buying has fallen well below the numbers sent to the scrapheap. >> it's pretty rare. we've been tracking these numbers since 1948. and it's the first decline we've ever seen. >> reporter: that means fewer cars on the road. to automakers, that's a sign pent-up demand is building. and that's why they're forecasting a
. >> the military says a u.s. soldier was killed during the assault when a helicopter ended up crashing. >>> toyota agrees to pay a record fine, but its problems are not over. why the fallout from its sticking accelerator recall is only the beginning. >>> real estate developer donald trump is known for saying exactly what he thinks. so what does he think about the real estate market and the economy in general? cnnmoney.com poppy harlow said down to kind of pick his brain. i think we sometimes forget that he did make some money in real estate because we just think of him as a personality now. >> a lot of it. not just the one saying "you're fired" on the apprentice. we talked. it was a long talk about the economy, jobs, housing and the recovery. he spoke in depth that the fear of the fall of commercial real estate, office buildings, et cetera, could be worse than the decline of the housing market. he address that had and more. take a quick look. >> in terms of commercial real estate in general, the fear is that it will be worse than the housing fallout. do you think that's possible? >> i don't think
also order a cocktail if you get a little nervous. a fresh p.r. nightmare for toyota as new questions surface about its handling of those mechanical problems. now an email has come to light showing toyota knew there were issues days before the company made the information public. they are covering this. i guess you have seen them. what do you say? >> i have a copy of them. we'll show them to you now. the guy month wrote this is a guy named irv miller. a 30-year veteran of the company who was just days away, 15 days away from retirement when on january 16 he wrote to a japanese counterpart, i hate to break this to you but we have a tendency for certain manufacturer on certain models. we are not protect our customers by keeping this quiet. the time to hide on this one is over. this is one of some 7,000 toyota document turned over to the government. it seems likely other embarrassing memos will be emerging. by law, megyn, toyota was required to bring the forms to the government within five days of realizing there was a problem. they notified the european dealers. megyn: that's the kind o
insisting the vehicle is safe. we'll tell you what else toyota is saying that moment. >>> two of al qaeda's leaders taken out during a u.s. raid north of baghdad. we'll tell you what the sign of strength might mean for u.s. troops in the region. >>> the a.m. fix blog is up and running. the conversation is ongoing right now. we would like to hear from you about anything in the news. go to cnn.com/amfix. we'll be reading your comments throughout the morning. >>> first though, the volcano eruption is getting stronger this morning sending a new plume of ash 15,000 feet into the sky. fr forecasters say it's spreading over the u.k. and could complicate flights this morning, especially in london. europe's air traffic agency says less than a third of flights scheduled to take off yesterday actually got off the ground. millions are still stranded on both sides of the atlantic and thousands living out of carry on bags at airports all over the board sharing soap and living off of in-flight snacks. the state department says 40,000 americans are stuck in great britain alone. rob marciano has the
to see you. >>> ats record fine that toyota says it will not fight. they will assign the appropriate paperwork accepting the government's $16.4 million fine for failing to promptly notify the government of its sticky pedal problem. a senior department official adds the agreement does not release the automaker from any potential criminal or civil liability related to the defect. toyota will have 30 days to pay that fine. >>> well, it's caused all kinds of trouble across the globe. now, our gary tuchman is taking us for a flight over that icelandic volcano. he is looking right into the eye of this thing, ex froetraordina pictures you haven't seen before. stay with us. pacific life can help provide a dependable income you can enjoy for the rest of your life. because retirement could be a very long ride. ask your financial professional about pacific life. pacific life...the power to help you succeed. >>> i want to give you breaking news in from iraq. according to nuri al maliki, two major militant figures have been killed there. one is the leader of al qaeda in iraq. the other is the lea
things and they all work. >> toyota buckles up and bears down in the face of another public relations headache. we'll tell you why a consumers group is urging people to not buy this luxury suv model. >>> toyota takes another hit. consumer reports is issuing a stern warning to car buyers not to buy the lexus gx 460. stephanie elam in new york to explain why. it's one problem after another for toyota. >> seriously, kyra. as far as "consumer reports" is concerned this particular issue is a serious one. the magazine put a don't buy warning on the lexus gx 460 suv and it hasn't used that warning in nine years. the problem is safety. "consumer reports" found the suv has a high risk of roll overs. the electronic stability control failed to keep the vehicle in line during tests. as for tote a it's going to try to duplicate the tests, but in the meantime the automaker says the 2010 gx 460 meets or exceeds all federal requirements. >> toyota is already dealing with a pr nightmare because of january's recall, i mean, 8 million vehicle. what does the latest wrinkle mean for the company? >> well,
the 2010 lexus gx460 by toyota can spin out, actually spin out in tight turns and can roll over. the magazine is urging people not to buy that particular suv until the problem has been fixed. in a statement, toyota says it is concerned about that finding and will look into it, adding, quote, the gx 460 meets or exceeds all federal government testing requirements. >>> in west virginia, the focus shifts from recovery to investigation. early this morning crews brought out the last nine bodies of the 29 miners killed and yesterday afternoon, one week after the explosion. a memorial for the miners at the state capital. a moment of silence and expressions of gratitude. >> all of the people who came forward to help during that period of time, all of the people that gave of themselves and so much to make sure that they could ease the pain. >> no word yet on when investigators will go inside the upper big branch mine. a couple offed spacecraft almost became their floating tomb. apollo 13 astronauts remember their unlucky mission 40 years ago this week. >>> a spring snowstorm targets the
gadgets. on the ford side of things, you have ford benefiting from the mess at toyota. they have a phenomenal run, and alan mulally is doing everything right. i own for it the clients, but i don't know if i would add to the positions now, but if you have maalox and willing to take a risk, i am owning toyota at this point both for myself and clients. it is a little bit more of a gamble, but you are banking and banking that most of the bad news is baked into the stock price. >> well, it is a great point. of course, the first quarter has been better than expected on a lot of fronts, but we are waiting on evidence of end market demand, revenue growth, and are you seeing that? >> in places we are seeing the revenue, but it is one of the things coming stock by stock and we know that the auto market is stronger than you would expect, and the same with technology if you see what twe get out of apple and not so much nokia. we know that palm is not doing so well, but radio shack is pulling out of that. you have to pick and choose your places. i am not buying the market as a whole, but the
to about 10%. >>> u.s. safety officials are saying just so you know, they could have fined toyota more than $13 billion. meaning that's how much the fine could have been if there hadn't been a cap on that. the law does cap the fines of 16 million, you may remember that federal officials, the nhtsa, did fine toyota $16 million. a lot less, $16 billion, though, they're saying is what it could have been. now the agency is also saying it's considering a second fine because, according to it, it says there were two separate defects in gas pedals. toyota says it has taken steps to improve communication so it wouldn't be on the hook for that fine, susan. basically what they said was, they found out about it. they're supposed to tell the government five days. they waited two months is what the government says happened. >> all righty. jen, thank you for that. appreciate it. >>> if you've done it lately, you know moving can be a pain, a chore. but it can be even more daunting for older folks. stephanie elam tells us about a company that takes the heavy lifting out of the process in this "small busines
this morning an urgent warning about another toyota vehicle. "consumer reports" says the new lexus gx-460 is not safe and you should not buy it. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> it is very rare for "consumer reports" to say anything like that, that's so, you know, it almost sounds inflammatory, don't buy it. you rarely see that. often they'll say we don't recommend it, or we like this better. but that's what it's saying about the 2010 lexus gx460, says it can tip over during a turn if you're on an exit ramp because there's a problem with the electronic stability control. only about 5,000 have been sold so far. we have been trying to contact lexus early this morning for some kind of a response. they did talk to the detroit free press so lex success saying "we take a serious look at this and appreciate "consumer reports" bringing it to our attention." they're saying it does exceed all federal safety requirements. we'll keep an eye on that one. >> a lot of recalls lately. thanks so much, jen. >>> two astronauts from the space shuttle "discovery" are doing their last space walk o
, as you can see, pretty busy there. this terrific report is brought to you by toyota. an important message by toyota owners. to get the facts and latest information, you can always visit them at the website, toyota.com. >> just a gorgeous day out there, bern. you can't say enough adjectives to describe it. >> looks pretty in her yellow. >> i know. i love it. >> you need to wear it for the preakness, too. >> very good call. i'll have to remember that. >>> take a look at the temperatures outside. 73 degrees. it is warm. we'll have your forecast when we come back. ♪ [ female announcer ] they make little hearts happy... ♪ ...and big hearts happy too. because as part of a heart healthy diet... ...those delicious oats in cheerios can help naturally lower cholesterol. [ cheerios spilling ] cheerios. how can something so little... ...help you do something so big. try new chocolate cheerios with a touch of delicious chocolate taste in every bite. >>> it is friday. and i think a lot of people are in the mood this friday, because of the fact that it has been gorgeous the past couple of days. been
: check it out. if you thought the negative news surrounding toyota would hurt the company, guess again, u.s. auto sales surged 40 percent in the month of march, powered by some of the deepest discounts ever in the wake of millions of recalls, a lot of financing for five years, free. toyota execs saying some of the incentives will continue, including what i mentioned, zero percent financing, and an offer of free maintenance for return toyota customers. the buy-in is good, huh? martha: wasn't expecting that, right? >>> one of the big questions on the peoples' minds, is the economy, is it getting better really? here's what we know, 439,000 new jobless claims this week, that's the number we follow every week, that one dropped by 6000. that's a good thing, it's been dropping in fact for several weeks by small increments. but the question today, how does this set us up for a very big number the white house is going to watch closely, wall street is going to watch closely, the all-important jobs report. meanwhile, overall, 11.1 million people have filed unemployment claims in this country. that i
of course your source for money news. the lead story at cnnmoney.com, what's really behind a toyota debacle, high-end suv slammed pretty much by consumer reports yesterday. a don't buy recommendation on it. and toyota's testing trying to figure out what the real problem is from its point of view. what is behind the debacle at toyota? that's the lead story at cnnmoney.com. if you want the latest news and analysis, that's the place to go. let's get to the new york stock exchange here. gear this thing up. three hours into the trading day. as you can see, stocks rallying a bit, up 54 points. 56, nice jump. nasdaq at last check, up 26 points. you know a-day before the president unveils his vision for space exploration, several men who have actually been to space are certainly challenging him, among them the first man on the moon, josh levs is following that. neil armstrong, wow! a hero. what is he saying about all this, josh? >> yeah, let's do this first. let's get to that cool video. >> you've got good stuff? >> the last time people were on the moon. you know that goes back to 1972. so you're l
people killed, their deaths linked to toyota's acceleration problems. if that doesn't outrage you enough, wait until you hear who knew what and when. some new incredible information coming out of the washington hearing. >>> plus do you stay home from work when you're sick or bring your germs to the office? like it or not, playing hurt is the thing to do these days. jenna has more on why. jon: bottom of the hours, time for a check of the top stories, "-- happening now, dangerous gases force crew necessary west virginia to abandon the search for the four missing coal miners, the crews got within 1000 feet of the rescue chamber where they might be before they had to turn around. >>> middle box, president obama getting ready to host a dinner with 11 central and eastern european leaders, just hours after the president and his russian counterpart signed a new arms control treaty. >>> bottom box, antigovernment protestors in thailand plan a massive street rally tomorrow in defiance of a state of emergency there, the red shirts, as the po testers are known, have been trying to force the prime mi
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